Tuesday, November 24, 2009


yesterday i tried kettlenetics for the first time. in case my husband is taking a rare visit to my blog, no - i didn't spend that much! i bought the truncated version from target!

ANYHOO - i was a little skeptical. mostly i wanted it bc it looked like fun. how could a wimpy 4lb kbell really provide any resistance? surely, i will need to buy a heavier one. yes, so i'll just buy this today, try it out and get a heavier kbell next payday. ummmm...... yeah.

so today, i am SORE. i mean sore like P90X sore! i tried to go easy on myself and do pilates this morning but only got in 20 min before i decided that, contrary to popular opinion, i am NOT that masochistic.

it was an amazing workout - and that wimpy 4lb kbell? is now my everest. oh i will upgrade to more weight - but not next payday. maybe the one after that. or the one after that one. i feel like michelle khai today, i think i can feel ALL of my muscles. and they all hurt! sadly, i do not yet look like her. but in time, my friends...

i tried cardio balance. it was half cardio, half mat work. i am not sure i did the turkish situps right bc they seemed awfully easy in contrast to the other exercises. russian twist is an exercise i did a lot of with P90X - but add that wimpy 4lb weight and oh boy! it suddenly became MUCH harder! my favorite exercise was like doing triangle pose from yoga with the bell. it felt sooooo good to stretch out a little.

final words about kettlenetics? its my next best thing! ever since i got bored of P90X (which i did for over 18 months!) (and i totally recommend) i haven't been jazzed about anything. i ran. i got a gym membership. i lifted. but it was a chore. i tried the shredder, but didn't really like it.

all this to say, thanks michelle khai - you made my week!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

hangin out

a rare moment; not fighting

Monday, November 16, 2009


i want a macro lens.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

respect for the man

I usually leave my husband out of my blog because .... well, frankly, he asked me to. But today? Today, I'm getting mushy.

Last night there was a crisis. I can't tell you what it was about (because of other people involved) but I can tell you (if you are concerned) my family is fine. So anyway, there was a crisis involving events and people (try to crack THAT code!). His phone blew up at 2 am. He sprang out of bed and hopped into the driver's seat of this ride we call life. I listened to him on the phone and all I heard out of his mouth were words of integrity. He possesses such an ability to take control of a situation, such an eloquence to influence people and such confidence to pull it all together. Obviously, I've known this about him, but for me sitting up at two in the morning while the rest of the house is sound asleep, it was one of those moments where I sat back, looked at my spouse and thought, "wow, I'm lucky to have you."

I stayed awake with him as long as I could (you know, for moral support) before sleep came back over me and he stayed up, serving others. When his alarm rang to get up for work, his fanatical commitment to his job yanked him out of bed and sent him on his way. This man is strong. This man is committed. This man is amazing. A lot of people rely on him in many different capacities -sometimes, it seems like he does bear the weight of the world, but he does it so well.

As for me, I have it easy. If I have a sleepless night, I can take a nap during the day. If I feel like I have too much on my shoulders, I can hire a babysitter and catch up. If I want to do something nice for my hubs, all I have to do is be there. That's all he asks from me. He just wants me around. Isn't that simple? Because if he asks me what I want from him I get all girly and make a number of requests. But all he wants from me is me. This great man wants me. It's a sweet life.